What are the Symptoms of Ball Joint Problems?

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What are the Symptoms of Ball Joint Problems?


The ball and socket joints are unique to only the shoulder and hip, in the body. However, injury and arthritis can cause these joints to deteriorate, leading to immense pain and discomfort. When it comes to treatment, the earlier a patient notices the symptoms and consults a doctor for the appropriate treatment, the more positive an outcome. Here is what you should know about ball joint problems.

What are the ball joint problems?

The ball and socket joints are present in the hip and shoulder, known to be unique as they allow for increased motion, as compared to the rest of the joints in the body. These are also considered to be more stable, being able to bear immense weight and allow for better movement. When these joints are injured due to arthritis or injury, they may cause immense pain, with decreased function, and require surgical treatment in severe cases.

What are the symptoms of ball joints problems?

Patients may experience one or more of these ball joint problem symptoms:

  • Immense pain in the joints
    You may experience immense pain during movement, or even when sitting in one place without moving, for a long period of time.
  • Loss of motion
    Patients experience loss of motion, as they are unable to move their shoulder or hip joints, restricting movement and interfering with daily function.
  • Swelling and inflammation
    Swelling and inflammation are a common symptom in patients, causing immense pain and redness in the area.
  • Difficulty sleeping in certain positions
    Patients find it hard to sleep properly at night, as they may shift in certain positions that put pressure on the joint and cause pain or discomfort. This may even lead to insomnia and affect overall health.
  • Tenderness in the joints
    The joints may feel tender to touch, indicating the presence of a problem.

How are ball joint problems diagnosed?

During a consultation, the specialist may diagnose the cause of ball joint problems with the following tests:

  • Physical examination
  • X Rays
  • MRI scan
  • CT scan

What are the treatments for ball joint problems?

There are a number of ball joint treatments, depending on the severity of your condition:

  • Physiotherapy
    You may be recommended to undergo physiotherapy sessions, which can help alleviate pain and treat the condition. A physiotherapist can help conduct certain stretching and strengthening exercises, helping many patients benefit from Physiotherapy.
  • Surgery
    Surgeries for Joint Replacement can help alleviate pain and restore movement in severe conditions. The surgeon initially diagnoses the condition before recommending surgery.

If you suffer from ball joint pain, make sure to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment from an expert. Bone and Joint 360 has delivered consistent healthcare to patients from across the globe. Dr. Santosh Shetty is among the foremost, highly-skilled Joint Replacement surgeons, renowned for his expertise in the industry. He seamlessly blends cutting-edge technology with advanced techniques, for flawless Joint Replacement Surgeries that harness success at every step. With an accurate diagnosis and superior treatments, we enhance each patient’s quality of life. Book an appointment with our team for world-class treatments.

Dr. Santosh Shetty
Dr. Santosh Shetty
Specialist in Joint Replacement and Trauma Surgery with more than 15 years of experience.
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